“Learning to Trust – The Making of “Raya and the Last Dragon”” by Odermatt, Wu, Cabral, Dressel, Kaschalk, et al. …

  • ©Kyle Odermatt, Larry Wu, Carlos Cabral, Rob Dressel, Michael Kaschalk, and Adolph Lusinsky




    Learning to Trust - The Making of “Raya and the Last Dragon”


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    Walt Disney Animation Studios


    What are the mysterious Druun? How can enemies from different parts of a vast world learn to trust each other again? In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon,” our protagonist first breaks the world and then leads us on a journey in search of a magical solution to heal it.
    In this session, our filmmakers show how they collaboratively crafted the extensive lands of Kumandra and filled them with distinctive characters and detail that represent a compelling mix of fantasy and Southeast Asian influences. We’ll reveal the challenge of creating a brood of magical water dragons that rippled through multiple departments. Creating a nemesis for the dragons unlike anything seen before was another task for our effects and lighting departments. All shot through the lens of a story-enhancing cinematography plan that considered every detail right down to the dramatic film grain, all while working from home.
    Please unite with us as we detail our collaborative filmmaking process.


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